The MSc Economics and Finance programme combines a solid foundation in economic theory and applied econometrics with the study of finance.
The study of financial microeconomics and macroeconomics will help you understand complex issues related to financial decision-making while econometrics will provide the necessary tools to perform rigorous research in applied economics and finance. In addition, finance modules will cover a wide range of subjects including portfolio theory, corporate finance, investment and strategy, and derivative instruments.
Our graduates are experts in using modern research tools to analyse the economic, financial, social, and political environment.
The programme is delivered in the International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Less than 100 business schools worldwide have both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation.
The IBSS Financial Lab and Trading Floor:
- Gives access to a world of data for study and research
- Includes data feeds from Datastream and Thomson One
- Provides training by Thomson Reuters staff on EIKON system, leading to a TR EIKON training certificate.
Enhanced employment prospects:
- Develop both economics and finance skills
- Connect with industry through internship opportunities
- Build a solid foundation for PhD studies in economics and related fields.
Knowledge and skills
By the time you graduate from the MSc Economics and Finance programme, you will have:
- a solid understanding of core and advanced principles, theories and models relevant to finance and financial management
- the ability to explain, understand and apply statistical and econometric techniques and their application to the analysis of financial information and data
- knowledge of portfolio selection, risk and risk management, and the macroeconomic context of international financial transactions
- skills in creative and critical thinking, problem-solving, data collection and analysis, and report writing.
Our professors really care about us, ensuring we understand and providing us with current examples so that we can link theory and practice.Qiong Ji Alumna, MSc Economics and Finance, China
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.The additional learning activities on MSc Economics and Finance may include learning activities that do not count credits, such as:
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Personal and Employability Skills
- Postgraduate English
- Chinese Language
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship
- Graduate Research Assistantship
- Graduate Work Placement
- Independent Study with an IBSS Tutor
- Participation in IBSS research seminar series
- EIKON Certificate Achievement
- Datastream Certificate Achievement
- Professional Software Skills
- Volunteer Work for University and School Projects and Events
- In-Company Project
- Field Trip/Company visit
- Career Development Activities
- PhD course 1: Time Series Analytics
- PhD course 2: Asset Pricing Analytics
- PhD course 3: Empirical Data Analytics
- Family Enterprise and Ownership
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for roles such as portfolio manager, investment strategy analyst, director of research, market risk analyst, head of investor relations, senior economist and industrial economist. Graduates can find employment in the financial sector, and with central banks and other monetary financial institutions, as well as in international organisations, academia, research institutions and the wider business sector, especially within multinational enterprises. The programme also offers a solid foundation for pursuing a PhD.
RMB 120,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.
Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.
You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.
XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.
Minimum entry requirements
Upper second class (2:1) honours
- 211 Project; Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai Ranking--75 percent or above
- Non 211 project; Non Top 100 of 2019 Shanghai ranking – 80- 85% percent or above, depending on your Undergraduate institution
Note: Shanghai Ranking of The Best Chinese Universities is subject to annual update http://www.zuihaodaxue.com/zuihaodaxuepaiming2019
Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.
3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme
Equivalent academic qualifications
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering and some understanding of quantitative methods, statistics or econometrics.
English language requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
- TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5 – 1.0 of an overall IELTS band but meet the language requirements for the Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses (including minimum component scores or equivalents), you may be accepted onto the PSE course subject to Programme Director’s approval. Upon successful enrolment on the PSE course, you will be able to change your XJTLU Master’s offer letter to ‘Unconditional’ for English level.
If you are a conditional offer holder, you can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply to take the onsite Password English language test provided by XJTLU in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or its equivalent.
Please note that the Password Test is only available to students who have been issued a conditional offer to study at XJTLU. The University provides one Password Test opportunity for each conditional offer holder. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the five- or eight-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students who are admitted onto a Master’s programme by taking the Pre-sessional English (PSE) Course are required to complete English language modules listed on the Programme Specification on a pass/fail basis as part of their Additional Learning Activity plan during their studies at XJTLU.
The programme combines the fields of economics and finance, giving students the unique advantage of being able to apply the ideas from macro economics to analyse the problems in the micro finance market.Syed Abbas Programme Director
How to apply
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